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Biographies

Biographies

Prof. Joseph Bernstein

Joseph Bernstein’s interests lie in several areas of microelectronics reliability and physics of failure research including system reliability modelling, gate oxide integrity, power devices, radiation effects, MEMS and metal interconnect.  He directs the Ariel Reliable Integrated Electronics Laboratory.  This center is dedicated to serving the needs of manufacturers of highly reliable electronic systems using commercially available off the shelf parts.   He is the head of the microelectronics device reliability program at Ariel University. Research areas include thermal, mechanical, and electrical interactions of failure mechanisms of ultra-thin gate dielectrics, next generation metallization and power devices.  Professor Bernstein was a Fulbright Senior Researcher/Lecturer at Tel Aviv University in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Physical Electronics.  Professor Bernstein is a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Alexander Lidow

Alex Lidow, co-founder and CEO of EPC (Efficient Power Conversion), a well-known producer of power GaN transistors. In addition to his seminal work in the use of gallium nitride for semiconductors, he is the co-inventor of the power HEXFET™ transistor. On the academic front, Dr. Lidow serves as Trustee of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and co-authored the textbook, “GaN Transistors for Efficient Power Conversion” published by J. Wiley and Sons. Most recently, Dr. Lidow was selected as the recipient of the 2015 “SEMI Award for North America” for the innovation of power device technology, enabling the commercialization of GaN.

Alain Bensoussan

Dr. Alain Bensoussan is Engineer Doctor in Optoelectronics and Applied Physics from INSA (1984). He completed another Doctor Es Science thesis at LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France) working on design and manufacturing of GaAs (gallium arsenide) laser diode power devices. In 1987, he joined Thales Alenia Space, whose interests lie in several areas in microelectronics reliability and physics of failure applied research on MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuits), microwave hybrid modules, Si transistors and ICs, MEMS and MOEMS, active and passive optoelectronic devices and modules. He represented Thales Alenia Space at Eurospace organisation to support the space components industry user interests on Quality Standard constructions during more than 15 years acting in several ESA working groups. Now, Dr. Alain Bensoussan is full time IRT Saint Exupéry Technical Referent for microelectronic and photonic components reliability and named at Thales Alenia Space as Expert on optics and opto-electronics parts.